Friends in Christ,
I am a Catholic from a country whose major religious following is Theravada Buddhism.
I blv the gist of my question may have already been addressed in a more broader manner in some other thread as to the basic differences in the 2 religions. But I am seeking a more simplistic explanation, if one exist!
As my thread’s heading suggests, I am seeking an explanation in to the well founded and well exhibited (in real world) ‘HUMAN INEQUALITIES’ amongst us (be it health,wealth,mindfulness,sanity,piety etc etc)
In my understanding of this in a ‘very simplistic manner’ (yes, I understand that it is a broad subject)…
Catholic Philosophy says…
“It IS the God’s will. Thou shall accept it without any reservation just as the savior Jesus Christ accepted it. Have faith in the divinity of the Holy Trinity. Follow the teachings of the church as to the faith, prayer and works and thou shall gain salvation and eternal life in Jesus in the Holy Trinity”
The Buddhist philosophy…
“It is a broader cause-and-effect type situation. Best and simply explained by the five orders or processes (niyama) which operate in the physical and mental realms…Utu, Bija, Karma,Dhamma and Chitta. Understand it, accept it and be mindful that you are your own salvation. Follow the other precepts of the philosophy and thou shall find eternity and ultimate salvation in the detached and enlightened status of mind”
Simply put, for my secular mind, it looks that the cause and effect explanation in the Buddhist Philosophy gives a simpler straight fwd answer for the q of ‘human inequalities’ !!
This is NOT what I want you my friends to focus at.
But how should I refine my thoughts with the Catholic faith?
Should I not question the cause for this inequality but just accept it in faith?
Why is it if (irrespective of ones color, creed, faith etc) the whole mankind was CREATED in the IMAGE of God, we are made with inequalities?
Is it God’s punishment and my penance to pay for my sins in a ‘past life’ and this world is nothing but a branch of Hell for me? (if so that means I am a ‘re-birth’ to pay penance for my past life’s sins…Karma?)
If at least, as a Christian (in general) my PAST sins are forgiven once and for all at the Baptism as an infant, why was there were no miracle/s for at least to make me part of an ‘elite’ group without ‘suffering’?
If there is no common cause for it, why then the uncommon and different effects?
I can understand the COMMON salvation and ‘the eternal life’ in the refuge of Jesus in the Holy Trinity, but why the path so in-equal?
Is it really there is no cause for this effect?
Hope some of you will find time to answer my thoughts.
Thank you and May God Bless You !